Ad Policy


Philosophy news and analysis from The Nation

  • January 6, 2005

    The Hero Within

    If many strangers die all at once, as in the tragedy of the tsunami or the Rwanda massacre or a war like the one in Iraq, it is a moral problem, to be dealt with through politics or philosophy.

    Earl Shorris

  • December 2, 2004

    The War That Never Was

    As war threatened Europe in the 1930s, a physicist turned to a psychiatrist to help understand the impending violence.

    Russell Jacoby

  • November 24, 2004

    Hostile Obituary for Derrida

    On October 10, the New York Times published a front-page obituary for French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

    Ross Benjamin

  • November 24, 2004

    The Interpreters of Maladies

    Derrida was often misunderstood, but rarely worse than in his New York Times obituary. Ross Benjamin explains, in a web-only feature.

    Adam Shatz

  • October 7, 2004

    Office Politics

    As one of those pathetic evolutionary throwbacks who has never used e-mail or the Internet, and has hardly ever handled a mobile phone, I can approach this book with all the supreme disinterested

    Terry Eagleton


  • September 28, 2004

    The Ethics of George W. Bush

    In his second inaugural address as Governor of Texas, George W. Bush declared, "Some people think it's inappropriate to make moral judgments anymore.

    Katherine C. Reilly

  • May 27, 2004

    Philosophical Convictions

    Philosophers get attention only when they appear to be doing something sinister--corrupting the youth, undermining the foundations of civilization, sneering at all we hold dear.

    Richard Rorty

  • May 13, 2004

    The Moral Case Against the Iraq War

    The crimes at Abu Ghraib are a direct expression of the kind of war we are waging in Iraq.

    Paul Savoy

  • December 4, 2003

    Gray’s Anatomy

    We live, it has been said, in a postideological age. Ideologically confused might be more like it.

    Danny Postel

  • December 5, 2002

    Rawls and Us

    The late John Rawls was, by all accounts, a remarkably modest and generous person, much beloved by his friends and students, and profoundly uninterested in the kinds of fame and celebrity perks

    Eric Alterman